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Collaborating for a Sustainable Housing Industry

It’s been a decade since the housing crisis of 2008. As the present administration looks at rolling back some of the more stringent regulations that were introduced during that time to protect homes and homeowners, the regulatory framework is also ...

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Securing Foreclosure Protections for Veterans

This past week the United States Senate passed legislation designed to help protect military servicemembers, veterans, and their families from foreclosure. Sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the legislation was included as part of the larger banking regulation bill ...

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Fannie Mae Announces Winner of Non-performing Loan Sale

On Wednesday, Fannie Mae announced the winners of its latest sale of non-performing loans, —the twelfth such sale, consisting of approximately 5,700 loans. The loans are divided into three different pools, with a total unpaid principal balance (UPB) of $1.002 ...

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Appeals Court Clarifies Issues Regarding Robocalls and Consent

On Friday, March 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued a ruling in the case of ACA International v. FCC, clarifying several issues with regard to consumer and industry rights pertaining to robocalls ...

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Making Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Permanent

United States tax policy has been in the spotlight in recent months, with President Trump signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in December, and experts debating what the long-term impact of the bill will be ever since. ...

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San Diego Needs a Lot More Housing Than Planned

With housing shortages plaguing markets around the country, there’s no surprise that San Diego is similarly afflicted. As it turns out, however, “America’s Finest City” is going to need to start rolling out a lot more housing than planned in ...

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Builder Confidence on Firm Foundations

The latest installment of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes mostly staying strong. However, there are concerns on the horizon that could continue to ...

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Facilitating Growth in a Changing Industry Landscape

Continuous learning is a necessity for professionals in the servicing and mortgage industry. With this in mind, the Five Star Academy (FSA), a Five Star Institute brand, recently launched a learning platform with independent certification programs and courses written by experts from ...

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HUD’s Carson: “We Simply Need to Do Better.”

On Thursday, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson announced new measures to protect the financial integrity of the department. "We simply need to do better. An updated system of internal controls will provide our agency with greater certainty that the dollars ...

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Delinquencies on the Decline

According to the latest installment of CoreLogic’s monthly Loan Performance Insights Report, nationally 5.3 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency during December 2017. That figure includes mortgages in foreclosure. The total is exactly the same percentage as ...

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